​The Allen Adventure lesson plans

The Allen Adventure lesson plans explore the social and emotional skills introduced in The Allen Adventure app for iPads and Android tablets and support class discussion about prosocial behaviours.

Watch the Allen Adventure here or on YouTube. The Allen Adventure in the classroom video shows a teacher using The Allen Adventure with students.

Lesson plans and supporting materials are available for children in the following age-groups: 3–4 years, 5–6 years, 7–8 years of age.

Each lesson explores a chapter in The Allen Adventure story and takes approximately 20–30 minutes to deliver. All resources are provided below.

Overview

The Allen Adventure Overview (PDF, 487KB), Word version (DOC, 410KB) provides the rationale, guidelines for group discussions, and links to important documents and references. It includes a summary of the story, the personal and social capabilities addressed, a skill building focus and potential higher level concepts with each chapter to assist in planning.

Introduction to lesson plans

The Introduction to lesson plans (PDF, 551KB), Word version (DOC, 434KB) details the key concept for each chapter, the lesson structure, how to prepare for the lessons, and ideas for sharing students' learning with the rest of the school.

Lesson plans

Lesson plans for 3 to 4 year olds (PDF, 55KB), Word version (DOC, 437KB)

Lesson plans for 5 to 6 year olds (PDF, 560KB), Word version (DOC, 440KB)

Lesson plans for 7 to 8 year olds (PDF, 551KB), Word version (DOC, 434KB)

Get the Feeling? handout (optional activity for 7 to 8 years olds) (PDF, 38KB), Word version (DOC, 77KB)

Teaching resources

Thinking and Talking poster A3 (PDF, 396KB), Word version (DOC 782KB) — print on A3 paper

Critical point illustration for each chapter A4 (PDF, 3MB), Word version (DOC 21MB) — 4 pages, print on A4 paper

Stick figure puppets (PDF, 361KB), Word version (DOC 2MB) — print on A4 card, cut out and adhere to small sticks

Character cards (PDF, 208KB), Word version (DOC 2MB) — possible use for additional activities

Emotions cards (PDF, 217KB), Word version (DOC 2MB) — print on A4 card and cut into individual characters

Stickers (PDF, 441KB), Word version (DOC 6MB) — print on a single A4 adhesive label page and cut into individual stickers

Parent handouts

Sample letter for parents (DOC, 37KB) — download and amend as required; print on your letter head and enclose the two handouts below.

Handout: About the Allen Adventure (PDF, 273 KB), Word version (DOC, 10M​B)

Handout: Suggestions for parents: talking with your child about The Allen Adventure (PDF, 181KB), Word version (DOC, 360KB).

NEW FOR 2017 Allen solves a problem

If you want a shorter activity, check out Allen solves a problem which is a stand-alone resource for introducing problem-solving skills to young children. It includes a template and guidelines for educators and parents. The Allen solves a problem template provides a structure for talking with young children about how to work out what to do if they have social problems or conflicts.

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  • ​"I love that the lesson plans build prosocial behaviours without mentioning bullying. It's important to teach kids what to do, rather than what not to do!"
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